Dolphins Go For Receivers

The Dolphins turned their attention to the wide receiver position at the start of Day 2 of the draft, taking Patrick Turner from USC in Round 3 and then Brian Hartline from Ohio State in Round 4.

Both receivers will bring great size to the wide receiver corps, with Turner standing 6-5 and Hartline just a shade under 6-2. But neither is very fast; in fact, they both can be described as possession receivers, despite the fact Hartline averaged an impressive 22.4 yards per catch last season.

Hartline, like Davis and Sean Smith, entered the NFL draft as an underclassman. He said there were a variety of reasons for his decision to come out despite catching only 21 passes last season. Although he didn't mention it, perhaps one reason was the emergence of quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who is a lot more of a running threat at the position than former Buckeyes quarterbacks Troy Smith and Todd Boeckman.

Hartline is close friends with Ted Ginn Jr. and said he's looking forward to learning from him. He said he was "ecstatic" about being drafted by the Dolphins.

If nothing else, Hartline will be a willing special teams contributor, saying he like "cracking heads."

Turner arrived at USC as a very highly touted recruit but didn't put up huge numbers playing on the high-powered Trojans offense.

He did, however, have 10 touchdown receptions as a senior in 2008.

Turner compared his game to those of current Saints wideout Marques Colston and former USC great Keyshawn Johnson. At a minimum, Turner should help the Dolphins offense in the red zone because of his great size.


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